Geoffrey Wall was born in Liscard on the Wirral Peninsula on 3rd March 1897. His family emigrated to Australia when he was ten years old and he attended Wesley College Preparatory School in Melbourne.

Geoffrey began writing poetry at Wesley College and his work was published in the school magazine. He enrolled at Queen’s College, at Melbourne University to study the Arts in September 1915. At the end of his first year at university, Geoffrey returned to Britain and joined the Royal Flying Corps. After training in Oxford and Denham, he was sent to Netheravon Aerodrome in Wiltshire. Geoffrey was killed in a flying accident in England on 6th August 1917. He is commemorated in the Raikes Lane Cemetery, Frankby, Wirral.

Geoffrey’s poems, Songs of an Airman, with a Preface written by L.A. Adamson, Geoffrey’s former headmaster, were published after his death. Adamson hailed Geoffrey as “Australia’s Rupert Brooke”.

Geoffrey Wall’s Poems

This page has been contributed by Lucy London

Source: Catherine W. Reilly, English Poetry of the First World War An Anthology (St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1978) and

Thanks to Paul for finding the link to Geoffrey’s book on Archive :

With grateful thanks to Yvon Davies of Australia – Mining, Mud and Medals Facebook Group – for her continuing help with this commemorative exhibition project.